FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 27, 2008
FORT BRAGG SOLDIER DIES WHILE ATTEMPTING RESCUE
FORT BRAGG, N.C. – A Soldier from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 37th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade, died attempting to rescue swimmers caught in a riptide Saturday.
Private First Class Pierre Emmanuel Allen, 21, was swimming with a friend at Panama City Beach, Fla. when they noticed several swimmers in distress. While trying to assist in rescuing the swimmers, Allen was swept out to sea and drowned.
“Private First Class Allen’s actions exemplified the Warrior Ethos,” said Capt. John Bacon, commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 37th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade. “Dedicated to both the military and his family, he continually sought ways to develop himself as a model Soldier while demonstrating a healthy balance in his personal life as a devoted husband and father. Private First Class Allen had a significant impact on the many lives he came in contact with and will be sadly missed.”
Allen, a legal specialist, entered the military in November 2006 and arrived to headquarters and Headquarters Company in October 2007. He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, S.C., followed by the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Ga.
The Water Valley, Miss. native is survived by his wife, LaRhonda, and their four children. A memorial service for the Soldier will be held, however, the time and place are yet to be determined.